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Petra Silva: “Be good and useful encourages us”

Msc. Petra Silva Cruz, is one of those beings that a few dare to forget. Originally from Holguin, professor and adviser since 1980 at the Higher Art Institute, she faces the classroom everyday, and fully devotes herself to her students.


28 de diciembre de 2016 - By Jaime Masó Torres

Msc. Petra de la Caridad Silva Cruz, is one of those beings that a few dare to forget. Originally from Holguin, professor and adviser since 1980 at the Higher Art Institute subsidiary in this northeastern province, and a keen defender of language, she faces the classroom everyday, and fully devotes herself to her students.

“I thank life a lot for having me given the possibility of choosing this profession. I've wanted to be a teacher as far back as I can remember, so, as soon as I had the chance, I became a professor. I studied Literature at the university 'till I obtained my bachelor's degree. Then, I began to work at the Department of Education in Holguín, due to the lack of professors at that time; but, once I fulfilled my social service, I went to work the Jose de la Luz y Caballero Pedagogical Institute, also a school in the broad sense. I finished my training there, and my love toward this profession grew a big deal”, she affirmed with a total pride.

Petra is outstanded by her elegance when speaking, as well as by her great dominion when doing something. To keep her alive in our memory is a commitment for the students at the Oscar Lucero Moya university, located in this area. Evoking a professor, no matter the teaching level or age we had at that time, is a debt that can only be paid when the goals of that one who taught us are fulfilled.

Feeling unsatisfied is a man's quality, since we always have something to do, to fulfill, to carry out. But in general terms, I am happy. I have not further trauma for not having had children, as different circumstances contributed to it. But, that mother instinct, that wish of giving and transmitting what I know, make me be satisfied. My students remember me, they love and respect me.

“If there is something which distinguishes me is my willingness to always help the others. I am a strongly follower of Jose Marti's ideals, so, being useful and good encourages us. These are the little things that make me feel happy”.


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